Lutz robotics team ranks eighth at international event

The Lutz-based Trinity Dragons ended the robotics season on a high note, with another top-10 showing at worlds. Team 6430 ranked eighth among more than 500 teams, during the 2017 VEX World Competition in Louisville, Kentucky; they finished ninth last year. They also earned the Teamwork Award in the event’s Research Division, and were recognized as competition finalists. The world … [Read more...]

Awards keep rolling in for Lutz robotics program

The Lutz-based Trinity Dragons swept the Florida Vex Robotics State Championships last month, securing multiple bids to represent the state in April’s world championships. On Feb. 17, Team 6430 outscored 56 other high school teams to claim both the Excellence Award and the Tournament Championship Award at the Florida State Fairgrounds. A week earlier, the Dragons’ elementary squad, Team … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]

Lutz Arts & Crafts show set for December

With a new venue in place, the 37th annual GFWC Lutz Arts & Crafts Show promises to be “bigger and better than ever.” The show — one of the most popular events in Hillsborough County — will be on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. After last year’s show was cancelled due to a sinkhole at Lake Park, the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club … [Read more...]

Uniting Pasco with love, from The Angelus

As sure as armadillos tear up gardens and raw kumquats pucker lips, this much is verifiable about Pasco County: Despite what its borders suggest, the massive slab of real estate that squats atop Hillsborough and Pinellas is not one county, but instead is at least two, if not three, each neatly defined by a north-south thoroughfare. You know how it works. East-siders cluster around U.S. 301. … [Read more...]

Local couple shares passion for fossils

Seina Searle will never forget the first time she and her husband, Mike, went to what was then called Fossil Fair. “We walked around with our jaws open,” Seina said. They were in awe of what fossil hunters could find in Florida. The Searles had already begun their amateur quest to find old bits of bone and teeth in a desire to learn more about Florida’s prehistoric past, but when they … [Read more...]

Arts and crafts festival finds new home

The GFWC Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival has a new home. After months of searching, the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club found an ideal fit for the festival at Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. The festival is slated for the first weekend in December. According to woman’s club president Cathy Mathes, the two-day festival will be at Keystone Prep for “the … [Read more...]

Attendance down for Pigz in Z’ Hills event

The sixth annual Pigz in Z’ Hills BBQ and Blues Festival, drew a crowd of roughly 7,000. That’s down about 3,000 from the previous year. But, proceeds for the Jan. 16 event still met the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s projected revenue goals. One possible explanation for the reduced attendance could have been its simultaneous timing with The Tampa RV SuperShow at the … [Read more...]

Educator says caring is key to helping others learn

It doesn’t take a detective to figure out Julie Hiltz’s philosophy of education. The media specialist spells it out, quite literally, on a sign displayed in the media center at Lutz Elementary School. Students coming into her domain will see a sign listing six declarations. “I believe in you. I trust in you. I will listen to you. I care for you. You are important. You will succeed,” … [Read more...]

Vandalism blocks opening of new Zephyrhills restaurant

A successful restaurant near the Florida State Fairgrounds wants to expand into Zephyrhills, but nearly $40,000 in much-needed repair work on the new location could kill the deal. The Zephyrhills City Council, meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, could approve a measure that would give Michael and Laura Andrews a chance to open a Smokehouse B-B-Q & Grill at 5740 Seventh St. The … [Read more...]